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How would you explain “within these twenty years”? In the court of Norton-farmhouse, a manor farm to the north-west of the village, on the white maims, stood within these twenty years a broad-leaved elm, or wych hazel, ulmus folio latissimo scabro of Ray, which, though it had lost a considerable leading bough in the great storm in the year 1703, equal to a moderate tree, yet, when felled, contained eight loads of timber; and, being too bulky for a carriage, was sawn off at seven feet above the butt, where it measured near eight feet in the diameter. This elm I mention to show to what a bulk planted elms may attain; as this tree must certainly have been such from its situation. How would you explain “within these twenty years” in the first sentence? PS: this extract is taken from The Natural History of Selborne. Thanks!
2013년 6월 10일 오전 8:27
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It means during the last twenty years, or from twenty years ago until now.
2013년 6월 10일
Wu Ting
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